New head contractor for Princes Highway upgrade at Dignams Creek

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Fulton Hogan has been selected to take up the head contract to complete the delivery of the Princes Hwy upgrade at Dignams Creek.

Member for Bega Andrew Constance said the appointment of a new contractor to lead the work on the $45million project would ensure the completion date for the project is unchanged, with the upgrade expected to be completed by mid-2019, weather permitting.

York Civil was placed into voluntary administration on August 6 and all work stopped on site.

“Roads and Maritime Services put together an immediate action plan to ensure those subcontractors affected by the voluntary administration receive their entitlements,” Mr Constance said.

“This involves 29 subcontractors, about 10 of whom are locally-based.”

He said the project was about 70 per cent complete, with work almost completed on both Dignams Creek Bridge and Dignams Creek Rd Bridge.

In the next three months, work will shift to road surface upgrades, along with drainage upgrades along the new alignment. A new wildlife crossing has been built beneath the new section of the highway to provide a connection between the national parks.

Mr Constance said as part of Roads and Maritime’s commitment to improving the management of major construction projects, the agency has taken steps to ensure greater transparency of contractor financial performance.

“The new contractual arrangements provide Roads and Maritime the mechanism to require contractors to provide proof of payments to their subcontractors and suppliers,” he said. 

“The changes mean that Roads and Maritime has the ability for early intervention in the event that subcontractors are not being paid. This can include paying subcontractors directly and offsetting against future contractor payments.” 

The Dignams Creek highway upgrade project as photographed by David Andrew in late January. Cranes can be seen erecting the bridges.

The Dignams Creek highway upgrade project as photographed by David Andrew in late January. Cranes can be seen erecting the bridges.

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